Defensive Superstar, Derwin James, Suffers Disappointing Injury, Out for the 2020 NFL Season

It was announced on Monday that Derwin James would undergo knee surgery. James suffered a meniscus injury during Saturday’s practice and will now need surgery. James will need six to eight months to recover; therefore, he will miss the entirety of the NFL season. 

Losing Derwin James is a gigantic hit for the Chargers and their defense. The First Team All-Pro safety was one of the few bright spots on this Los Angeles defense last season. James had a shot at winning defensive player of the year in 2020, but he will have to watch the Chargers from the sideline. 

After losing long-time quarterback, Philip Rivers, the Chargers are in a bit of a transition year, and they really could have used a veteran presence on the team. While they can turn to veteran edge rusher, Joey Bosa, for leadership on a lackluster Chargers’ defense, Los Angeles may look to free agency for their temporary replacement for James.

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The Baltimore Ravens released First Team All-Pro safety, Earl Thomas, after a history of behavioral issues on and off the field, starting before Thomas was on the team, culminated in the punching of a fellow teammate, Chuck Clark. After the Dallas Cowboys had made it clear that they will not be pursuing Thomas, I would not be surprised if he wound up on the Chargers.

I do have my concerns with Thomas’ behavioral issues, but the Chargers have nothing to lose by signing the safety to a one-year contract.

While it would be a huge improvement to have Earl Thomas over their current strong safety, Rayshawn Jenkins, an aging Earl Thomas pales in comparison to Derwin James.

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Derwin James’ injury has created another hole in the Chargers’ lineup, but his shoes will be harder to fill than any other absentee from this roster.

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